From your belly lift your chest and come to your elbows almost as if you’re coming into sphinx pose.
From here bring your right elbow in front of your left and start to walk your hands away from each other towards opposite sides of your body. See if you can keep your shoulders even here and then you have the choice to let your head drop, keep it neutral or rest it on a block.
To exit the pose, gently walk your hands back towards each other, arms so the left is in front and repeat on this second side.
Decompresses shoulder blades
Stretches outer shoulders & arms
Stretches neck (if hanging)
Compression in lower back
Contraindications: Shoulder or neck issues. Lower back issues.
Props: Block or bolster as needed.
Important: In your Yin Yoga practice it is extremely important to listen to your own body. Within some of these poses you may experience discomfort, but we are NOT looking for pain. If you have an injury, be sure not to push yourself. If you feel any pain or pinching, back off out of the pose or try something else.
Make sure you move in and out of these poses slowly and mindfully. Give your body time to understand the changes that are occurring and make sure you rest between poses so that your body can reset.
While each pose does list suggestions for props and the known contraindications, your body is unique. It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe in your yoga practice ❤